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I am using BibTeX with the amsart class. Is there a way to decrease the vertical spacing between the "References" section heading and the bibliographic entries?

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You can redefine the thebibliography environment to add a convenient vertical (negative) space; a little example in which I decrease the vertical spacing by 5pt (the line marked with % NEW):


  title = "The title",
  author = "The Author",
  journal = "The Journal",
  year = "2012"}

  \normalfont\footnotesize\labelsep .5em\relax
  \vspace*{-5pt}% NEW
    \leftmargin\labelwidth \advance\leftmargin\labelsep
  \sloppy \clubpenalty\@M \widowpenalty\clubpenalty
  \def\@noitemerr{\@latex@warning{Empty `thebibliography' environment}}%


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I would suggest you, however, not to decrease this spacing since doing so the heading and the first reference will appear too close.

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Surely there must be an easier way? Is there no dimension to be set? – wchargin Feb 14 '14 at 17:53

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